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All ELC news stories are archived here in reverse chronological order. They are also categorized by state in the menu on the left, with New Jersey further broken out into separate subject areas.

NJ ACTING COMMISSIONER CERF’S SCHOOL FUNDING REPORT: DOES IT COMPLY WITH THE LAW?

Published on: March 8, 2012

ELC has asked Attorney General Chiesa to advise NJ legislators whether Acting Commissioner Cerf's February 23 "Education Funding Report" is intended to fulfill the State’s obligation to review and adjust the school funding  formula as required by the SFRA law and the Abbott rulings.

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TENURE CHANGES SHOULD AWAIT OUTCOME OF EVALUATION PILOT

Published on: March 6, 2012

In testimony before the Senate Education Committee, ELC urged legislators to put off changes to New Jersey’s tenure law until the State’s teacher evaluation pilot program is completed.

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EDUCATION LAW CENTER, GIBBONS P.C., NEWARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS AND STATE OF NJ SETTLE DECADE-LONG CLASS ACTION

Published on: January 30, 2012

In an historic settlement, six Newark students and their parents, represented by ELC, Gibbons P.C. and Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice, came to an agreement with Newark Public Schools and the State of NJ that will result in major improvements in special education services in Newark.

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NEW JERSEY’S PUBLIC SCHOOLS GET HIGH MARKS ONCE AGAIN

Published on: January 25, 2012

NJ’s public schools once again received high marks in Education Week’s Quality Counts report, an annual survey of the education systems in all 50 states. NJ was ranked 6th overall.

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NJ ED COMMISSIONER FAILS TO HELP IMPROVE CAMDEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Published on: January 19, 2012

ELC has put the Acting Commissioner of Education on notice about the State’s failure to bring in outside experts to conduct an “in-depth evaluation” and develop and implement an improvement plan to address deficiencies in the Camden Public Schools, as required by QSAC.

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ELC DEMANDS INVESTIGATION INTO CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION'S REFUSAL TO ADDRESS DANGEROUS CONDITIONS IN URBAN SCHOOL BUILDINGS

Published on: January 18, 2012

ELC has sent a letter to the chairs of the Senate and Assembly Education Committees urging these lawmakers to investigate the Christie Administration's refusal to address hundreds of emergency health and safety repairs in urban school buildings across the state. 

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HUNDREDS OF EMERGENCY REPAIRS IN URBAN SCHOOLS IGNORED BY CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION

Published on: January 11, 2012

As Governor Christie’s shutdown of the State school construction program enters its third year, hundreds of requests by districts for emergency health and safety repairs in urban school buildings have gone unanswered for months by the NJDOE and the Schools Development Authority. 

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ELC, WITH HELP FROM SKADDEN ARPS, CREATES POST-SCHOOL TRANSITION MANUAL FOR FAMILIES OF CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES

Published on: January 5, 2012

ELC has created “Transition Planning,” a know-your-rights manual in both English and Spanish for parents, students and advocates, detailing the rights of students transitioning from special education to post-school life, as well as the services and supports available to them. The manual is available on the ELC website and in hard copy.

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